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Tell Us: Your Take On Corbett's $1.65B Shell Oil Tax Break?

Do you support Gov. Tom Corbett's proposal to give Shell Oil a $1.65 billion tax break?

Gov. Tom Corbett wants to give Shell Oil tax credits worth $1.65 billion over 25 years so the company will build a refinery in western Pennsylvania to capitalize on the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom, according to Businessweek. 

Corbett says the deal could help reinvigorate manufacturing in Pennsylvania and create jobs.

Critics, however, say Shell would probably bring its business to the state without the tax incentives. Corbett has also been criticized for

Shell is the world's second largest company by revenue and made profits of $31 billion last year.

What do you think? Sound off below in the comment section below.

MD June 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM
As long as Gov Corbett gives the small business tax breaks,that would help them hire more people.I'm sure most of the small businesses are make $31 billion in profit a year.If you want to help create jobs Gov Corbett don't veto the property tax reform HB 1776,www.ptcc.us.This would help the farmers,construction,senior citizens and most important the middle class.
Don June 12, 2012 at 09:40 PM
If Shell wasn't typically charging more for gas than other suppliers, I might think harder about whether or not it deserves a tax break. However, when I see Sheetz selling gas for $2.57 and see a Shell station across the street charging $2.65, I wonder who is really paying for the Gulf spill cleanup efforts. A new refinery in western PA isn't going to benefit comsumers in the long run. Yes, it will create new jobs - IF everyone can agree on where to build it - AND if local people can even get the jobs. It is common knowledge that oil refineries are built with skilled labor, most of which relocates for the work. Drive down to the north end of Corapolis and watch the workers leaving the refinery/distribution sites there - no offense, but it looks like the Mexican/USa border. However, even with tax breaks, someone will have to pay for the cost of building it in the long run......and it won't be Tom Corbett.

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